Dimes, and turning on them

Dimes are small. Their value is so minuscule I don’t deign to pick them off the ground. (And I’m pretty poor.) They’re also small physically. They take up very little volume, and they are nearly two-dimensional. 

So the phrase “turning on a dime” is somewhat meaningful. 

A week ago I was considering what to do with my life. Our video game didn’t win an award we thought we were a shoe-in for. We won a small consolation prize that I believe is mostly meaningless. 

Not winning the top prize kept us from utilizing the large prize package that included showcasing the game (and selling it) at a forum that would have had 75k people. 

We would have been very well off if we had won. 

I was pretty heated last Sunday. The plan was to start a web programming course for several thousand dollars the next day and work hard during that time to secure a job. 

By the end of the day Sunday, I knew I wasn’t going to take the course. 

The BYU STEM career fair was Thursday, and I knew some companies were looking for people with my skills, so I went there to ply my wares, sell myself, and find someone willing to offer me a decent amount of money in exchange for a full-time commitment. 

On a whim, I applied to a job in business analytics at a major auto manufacturer at 6:30a. It was literally a click of a button and I thought nothing else of it. 

At 10a, the recruiter called me and asked me to interview for the position. At 1p I interviewed. At 1:30p they said I should come back the next day for a second. Exactly 27 hours after I applied for the position, I had an offer to go work for this company. 

Dimes, right? 

A week ago I was so confused about what direction my life was supposed to go. Although haven’t decided what the next step will be (at least four more companies want to interview me, so I will let them), I am comforted to know that I’m headed in a direction that can alter where I’ve been and what I’ve done. 

The best things in my life are things that happen very, very quickly, but are often things I’ve prepared for and been prepared for for a long time. 

The last 18 months have sucked. It all may change based on less than a week’s worth of time. 

That’s less than a dime. 

About the author: Lee J

Lee J Hinkle spends his days writing video game code. It was never a job he expected to have. Check out Rogue Invader online. Any search will send you to the right spot. Unless the language is foreign. Then maybe 50% will be right.

He tries to be a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and hopes his Father recognizes his efforts.